The National Museum of Art, Osaka
This exhibition seeks to explore the artistic partnership between Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti and Japanese philosopher Isaku Yanaihara. The two—one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and a virtually unknown intellectual and professor—met in Paris in 1955 and formed an unlikely relationship. Yanaihara sat for Giacometti many times over the next several years, patiently posing for paintings and sculptures for hours on end. Only a few of these sculptures remain; the NMAO collection received one of these rarities in 2018. This bronze rendition of Yanihara will be on display along with a painting of the philosopher, Homme (1956), as well as Yanaihara’s notebooks documenting his sessions with Giacometti and a series of photographs he took in Paris.